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Gardening with
Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use Identification & Control
of Common Weeds

Botanical Name:Indigofera australis 
Common Name:Austral Indigo  , Australian indigo 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Well Drained
2 m x 2 m
Foliage:Blue fern-like leaves to 10 cm long. Leaflets 11-25, oblong with rounded end, small point on tip, 10-40 mm x 5-9 mm.
Flowers:Sprays of mauve pea flowers to 15 cm long in leaf axils, September-December

A very floriferous shrub with branches bowed down by weight of flowers.  Pruning beneficial to maintain shape.  Can be grown as an undershrub, looks good mass planted.  Tolerates light frosts.  Both food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.

Like all legumes, it has symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria in structures called root nodules.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council 
  3. Australian National Botanic Garden 
  4. Australian Native Plants Society 
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  6. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 

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